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MTA Says No Glass Dome for Fulton

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The distinctive glass dome that was to go on top of the new transit hub at Fulton Street is no more. In the latest redesign of the hub, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will make the dome out of metal, with glass at the top, saving $20 to 25 million. MTA Capital Construction president Michael Horodniceanu says the dome will still be distinctive.

HORODNICEANU: The oculus will make it very interesting so that it will not be able to reach the Grand Central standards, but it will rival that and be a jewel for lower Manhattan.

Horodniceanu says the mezzanine below ground will still get natural light, just not as much as it would have if the dome were all glass. The hub has been plagued by cost overruns and delays.

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